A Lot Goes a Longer Way
Bone deficiencies can result from periodontitis, loss of teeth or accidents. Bone reconstruction can therefore be necessary especially for the treatment with implants.
For the most part, bone from the jaw or alternative materials are utilized for bone reconstructions. These alternative materials include "bone chips" which are biotechnologically manufactured using stem cell technology. We have applied this technique in the course of a study on the treatment of periodontal bone defects - the first study of its kind worldwide. In addition, we can utilize distraction osteogenesis in order to increase the bone substance.
The most common method, however, is the "sinus lift" during which the bone replacement material is placed underneath the mucous membrane of the maxillary sinus as a guide rail for the body's own bones.
This allows implants to be inserted with a length sufficient for withstanding the immensely high pressures exerted by chewing.
We have been using this method routinely and successfully since 1995. Depending on the existing bone depth and the complexity of the procedure, it can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The procedure can be conducted either with the implantation or before it.